Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has left the club after a decade at Stamford Bridge.
The former Notts County player had been a key figure at the Blues for the past ten years, conducting much of their transfer activity.
In his time at the club, he has been the technical director for TEN different managers.
Blues boss Conte has been tipped to be given the boot at Chelsea in recent months after a tumultuous start to this season.
But it is Emenalo who has decided to end his association with the club, which many have seen as being a huge blow to Roman Abramovich.
Emenalo is seen as the right-hand man to Chelsea’s Russian owner – with Abramovich trusting him for advice.
During the transfer guru’s ten-year stint in West London, the Blues got their hands on the Premier League title three times.
On top of that, Chelsea took home the FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Champions League trophies in that time.
Part of the reason for Emenalo’s surprise exit could be the club’s frustrating summer in the transfer market.
The activity – or perceived lack thereof – saw tensions grow between Emenalo, Conte and director Marina Granovskaia.
While Emenalo publicly got behind Conte – having helped bring him to the club last year – reports have suggested the Nigerian was not interested in an on-running battle for power.
Emenalo first joined Chelsea in 2007, while Avram Grant was in charge, taking on the role of scout.
He was promoted to first-team coach under Carlo Ancelotti – replacing club icon Ray Wilkins – a move which sparked real controversy.
In 2011, Emenalo was promoted again to technical director and has been responsible for a huge amount of Chelsea’s recruitment.
He oversaw the hugely successful transfer of Eden Hazard, as well as those including Cesar Azpilicueta, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.